Gun Report

Cabela's 1874 Sharps .45-70

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Our recommendation: Cabela's version of the Sharps had nice checkering and usable sights. It worked well and ought to keep its owner happy enough. We give it a Conditional Buy because we'd rather spend the dollars and wait for the Shiloh gun, but we recognize not everyone will agree with that choice.

Cabela's 1874 Sharps .45-70

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Fit and finish of the Cabela’s 1874 Sharps were overall very good. The wood pores were nicely filled with an oil-type finish. However, the hand-done checkering adjacent to its borders was not fully pointed up. The case coloring on action, hammer, trigger-guard/lever, and butt plate was attractive and reasonably well done. The hammer was checkered, and gave good traction to make cocking easy. The barrel polish was fairly well done in that the sides of the octagonal barrel were flat with no waviness. However, the edges of the eight sides were very slightly rounded; they should have been sharp to match original rifles. The bluing was not as good as it ought to have been. There were splotchy areas that appeared to be a darker black all up and down the barrel. We could remove some of this by rubbing very lightly with 4-0 steel wool. When we did so, we removed a slight amount of oxidation that might have contributed to the spotty look. One area of bluing next to the rear sight was slightly abraded in a few spots, though the rifle had been well protected in its shipping box.
Slight gaps in the wood to metal fit were evident on both the Cabelas Sharps (shown left) and on the Cimarron.
Solid construction made this a useful rifle. The small screw (right) between the triggers adjusted the set trigger release.

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